Plays In San Diego Ca - After a long hiatus since the pandemic, San Diego Musical Theater reopened Saturday with a production of "Catch Me If You Can" in a new theater space in Kearny Mesa.
While the new black box space inside a warehouse in Triq il-Merkur is smaller than the theaters in which SDMT once produced, there is nothing small about this show, which has a large cast, great sound, and sizzling chemistry between the two leads.
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Beau Brians, as teenage con artist Frank Abagnale Jr., and Berto Fernández, as Carl Hanratty, an FBI agent on Frank's trail, go from hated adversaries to a father-son dynamic that brings the series to a touching conclusion. Crime doesn't pay off in "Catch Me If You Can," but thanks to Brians and Fernández, it fosters an authentic relationship between the two lonely characters they play.
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Based on the 2002 film of the same name, the 2011 musical tells the highly fictionalized life story of Abagnale, a real-life criminal who ended up consulting with the FBI after being released from prison in the 1970s. With music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and a book by Terrence McNally, the musical celebrates the music, fashion, decor and swinging lifestyles of the 60s.
Allison Spratt Pearce makes her impressive professional directorial debut here, alongside choreographer Xavier J. Bush and new SDMT Music Director Richard Dueñez Morrison. With "Catch Me" featuring far more singing than dialogue, and fast-paced choreography interspersed with spoken and sung scenes, the trio work well together on a smooth, well-sung production.
The book of the musical is heavy on men with only three secondary female characters. Spratt Pearce beefed up these roles and added an FBI agent, but she doesn't get to do much with the chorus girls' dance numbers. These flight attendants and nurses represent the free-love era of the 1960s, but the skimpy costumes and choreography definitely feel dated.
Brians skillfully plays the role of the brilliant, charming, but directionless Frank Jr. who commits crimes simply because he is good at it. He also has a powerful singing voice. Fernández, who towers over Brians, is a consummate professional with sharp comedic skills and vocal power that he uses in "Don't Break the Rules," Norbert Leo Butz's fast-paced Tony Award-winning song and dance.
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Also outstanding is Paul Morgavo who gives a multifaceted performance as Frank's morally compromised dad, Frank Sr. Andrea Petsinger is endearing as Frank's estranged mother, Paula. And Adelaida Martínez brings a sincere simplicity to the role of Frank's girlfriend, Brenda. The 24-member cast stars Debra Wanger, Ted Leib, Joey Guerra, Sutheshna Mani and Dennis Peters.
Instead of a live orchestra, "Catch Me" has a recorded score, which is well orchestrated and doesn't sound standard. But there were problems with feedback during the Sunday matinee, with some singers shouting their songs, which was very loud in such a small venue.
The beautiful new tiered seating area on the SDMT stage has a great view for the audience and Mathys Herbert's scenic design on the stage has a pure sixties design. Janet Pitcher designed the costumes, Michelle Miles designed the lighting, and Paul Durso designed the sound.
When: 19:00 Wednesday and Thursday. 8 in the evening. Week. 15 and 20 hours. on Saturdays. 2 pm on Sunday. Until March 13.
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COVID Protocol: Proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 within 48 hours of exposure. Masks are mandatory for everyone inside.
Pam Kragen is a writer and critic who specializes in restaurant, theater, opera, and human interest stories. She joined the San Diego Union-Tribune staff in October 2012 after 27 years at the North County Times, where she served as arts and features editor as well as arts writer and theater and paper opera critic. She is the president and co-founder of the San Diego Theater Critics Circle. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from San Diego State University and received fellowships in theater criticism from the University of Southern California and classical music criticism for opera from Columbia University's School of Journalism. In 2022, she was selected as one of the fellows at the prestigious National Institute of Critics, which runs the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in New London, Conn.
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